The day has arrived: tickets go on sale today! I know you know what tickets I’m talking about but to those of you who have incomprehensibly never heard of the off-Broadway play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet here’s firstly a slap over the back of your heads and secondly a recap of what this Fall will bring:
“Tickets go on sale July 23 for the American premiere of Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, featuring Annie Funke, Michelle Gomez, Tony Award winner Brían F. O’Byrne and Jake Gyllenhaal. Performances begin Aug. 24 at Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre.
Michael Longhurst (making his New York debut) will direct the Roundabout Theatre Company production that will mark Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal’s American stage debut. Opening is Sept. 20. This is a limited engagement of 13 weeks through Nov. 25.
The play first surfaced at the Bush Theatre in England in 2009. Here’s how the new work is billed by the nonprofit Roundabout: “Provocative, insightful and laced with fresh humor, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet is an entertaining look at a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is… and doing something about it. […]”
Read more at Playbill.com
If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Visit roundabouttheatre.org or call (212) 719-1300 for more information.
I got my tickets to two showings. Is it Fall already?
Also, read here Mr. Feldberg’s article titled “Stars like Katie Holmes, Jake Gyllenhaal lighting up New York’s stages”. He says nice things about Jake:
“I’ll focus here on film actors of greater magnitude who sometimes choose to exhibit their stardom on smaller stages.
At least until the Holmes announcement, much of the season’s attention seemed destined for an off-Broadway play called “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” by Nick Payne, a highly regarded young English writer who’s barely known in this country. It begins preview performances late next month for a Sept. 20 opening.
What lifts its profile way above the crowd is the casting of Jake Gyllenhaal, making his American stage debut. (He’s done some theater in London.)
An appealing, sexy Hollywood leading man gives an enormous publicity charge to the production; to the not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company, which is presenting it; and to all of New York theater.
It’s less evident what’s in it for a popular entertainer like Gyllenhaal: The pay is meager, and his thriving movie career hardly needs the boost of an off-Broadway play.
In its announcement, the Roundabout said, “Jake Gyllenhaal loves this play, and the part.” You could take that as the typical blah-blah-blah of a press release, but I would guess it’s true, and it’s the reason he’s doing the play.”
I too think that that’s the reason, yeah. Also in the article something about Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Anne Hathaway performances at theater.
Back to cinema, according to IMDB Jake would be rumored to star in the film Mobster: A Call for the New Order along with seemingly rumored Leighton Meester, Andy Garcia and Mickey Rourke. To take with a grain of salt, but potential co-stars are talking about it.
Jake would play
[…] an under cover FBI agent, Billy Marcello, considered to be the mastermind behind the downfall of Cosa Nostra, betrayed by his own agency, and his family murdered by the REDs. He survives and escapes to Rabat, gets taken to be a foreign assassin and lands in a Moroccan prison. Declared dead by FBI and lost in the annals of the forgotten under cover agents, Billy gets a shot at redemption when he makes a deal with the local drug lord to buy his freedom in exchange for his allegiance. After returning to the States, he calls for a new order to wage a battle of epic proportions against the REDs and the system that betrayed him in the first place.
I’ll wrap this with this pic from the set of Jake’s mum’s film Very Good Girls, where Jake has been spotted these past few days (thanks to IHJ also for the crossed legs picture above). Looking at it I can relate to this tweeter‘s thoughts:
Last but not least, from Facebook:
Emily A. C. Osborne
Yesterday at 01:04 near New York, NY ·
Fun day! Rockaway beach and I got to walk a few blocks right behind Jake Gyllenhaal.
Todd Weber Stalker 🙂 I love him, I would too..
Yesterday at 04:29
Emily A. C. Osborne Ahahaha yeah it was a nice view. He had a little kid on his shoulders. Turned around and glanced right at me and my beach umbrella.
I’ve always liked men with kids on their shoulders.
And with their bicycles…